Originally Posted by Delezynski
Jill also said to tell you “we are NOT nuts”. We do NOT go looking for this type of action!
Good to know.
I'm sure that the adrenalin high you get from one of these storms would last you many years.
As for mask and snorkel in the cockpit, Peter has a lot of experience with that. Hurricane Hugo stalled just off St. Martin and tested everyone's stamina. Because Simpson Bay Lagoon was considered one of the best hurricane holes in the Caribbean, it was jam-packed full of boats from the surrounding islands as well as their own local boats. Too many boats too close together. Good holding didn't stop boats from dragging, especially the barely secured charter fleet. Peter spent 22 hours running svWatermelon's engine to keep her facing the wind and taking pressure off the anchor. He could neither see nor breathe without mask and snorkel on. It was a successful strategy that, coupled with the luck of not being near any of the charter fleet or the small ferry boats from Anguilla and St. Kitts, got Watermelon through Hugo with no damage.